Photo by Dominic M. Mercier/Opera Philadelphia



Opera Philadelphia
Presented in Independence National Historical Park

Opera Philadelphia paid tribute to Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday with a free HD screening of Nabucco, his first great opera.

Thousands of Philadelphians filled Independence National Historical Park, in the shadow of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We recorded the opera on a Friday at the historic Academy of Music and screened it the next night so the cast and crew could see their work along with the crowd.

Stage director Thaddeus Strassberger filled the stage with energy and the famous “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va, pensiero)” thrilled both audiences.

Click here to see a report from Philadelphia's KYW-TV that covers the performance—and the broadcast on the mall—as part of their 'Eye on the Arts' reporting. The attendees they interviewed really enjoyed the show.

The weather was magnificent.